Tales My Father Taught Me - Osbert SitwellLondon: Michael Joseph, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Sir Osbert Sitwell’s five-volume autobiography, Left Hand, Right Hand! is accepted as one of the great literary accomplishments of our time; the work of an artist, polished, witty, brilliant; a piece of social history, full of vivid characterization of people, above and below stairs, with their graces and oddities.
From these volumes there emerged portraits not only of the author himself, but of his supremely eccentric and gifted father, Sir George Sitwell. Inevitably, for reasons of the general design, and because of the very symmetry of the work, several memories of Sir George Sitwell had to be omitted in spite of their vivacity and originality. In this way Tales My Father Taught Me came into being. First published in 1962, it has been unavailable for some years.
Many other figures, familiar to readers of the autobiography, reappear in the episodes recounted in these pages: there are delectable letters by the manservant Henry Moat, anecdotes about Mrs Keppel, Rupert Brooke’s mother, Wyndham Lewis and a host of Sir Osbert’s varied friends and acquaintances. In some ways the young Sitwells were comparable with the young Mitfords. Father-teasing was their delight, illustrated by the story of how Osbert almost deluded Sir George into taking up voluntary residence in a luxurious lunatic asylum. Tales My Father Taught Me is a rounding-off of the work which confirmed Sir Osbert as one of the great writers of the twentieth century.”